How many times has John Gosden been champion trainer?
In March, 2021, John Gosden became the highest-profile trainer to take advantage of the training partnership licensing scheme and now holds a joint licence with his son, Thady, who completed the modular training courses required by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) earlier in the year. However, in his own right, John Gosden has held a training licence in Britain since 1989 and has been champion trainer five times, in 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Having begun his training career in Calfornia, Gosden moved to Newmarket in 1989 and was subsequently appointed private trainer to Robert Sangster in Manton, Wiltshire, before settling at his current base, Clarehaven Stables, back in Newmarket, in 2005. Highlights of his first title-winning season included victories at the highest level for Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes, Nathaniel in the Coral-Eclipse and The Fugue in the Nassau Stakes. Three years later, Gosden won the Derby, the Coral-Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Golden Horn.
More recently, his stable stars have included the likes of Enable, Cracksman, Roaring Lion, Stradivarius and Palace Pier, all of whom have contributed, more than once, to his career total of 84 Group 1 winners. Since joining forces, at the time of writing, the Gosdens have collectively saddled 110 winners from 493 runners in 2021 and lie third in the trainers’championship table with £3.39 million in prize money.